The calls of, “You go, girl”, “Nice Job” and “C’mon”, rang out as the Westside Women’s Lacrosse Club (WWLC) held their summer team tryouts yesterday. A perfect fall afternoon greeted the five coaches, 34 participants and their supportive parents.
Program Director, Beth Donovan was quite pleased with the turnout, “We are so excited to see the response we received from the short time we spent promoting the tryouts, which was about two weeks. We had 12 walk-up registrations today.”
Once the paperwork and registration was completed, the coaching staff put the girls through their paces. After a dynamic warm-up, the girls played a little throw and catch to get started. Next came the evaluation phase where the coaches clocked their 50-yard dash times, graded them on their catching and throwing, had them go through some agility drills, some dodging and shooting drills and finished off with a series of 5 v 5 scrimmages.
It was impressive to see the girls sincerely pulling for one another. While one player was front and center in the pass / catch drill, the other players were encouraging her. There was a lot of clapping and cheering when a player got a perfect score.
You would think that there would be some pressure and tension as all of these girls are trying to make a summer team, but that was not the case for a trio of defensive-minded sophomores:
“There’s more pressure trying out for the high school team”, said Samantha Howell, goalie from Salem High School. Northville High School goalie, Isobell Bush agreed, “This is for the summer team. When you try out for your school team, you have to play in front of your friends. There’s pressure at the games. You want to play well. Sometimes you just want them (friends) to go away.”
Olivia Young, a defender, also from Northville agreed, “Playing for your school, it’s kind of exclusive – this is open for anyone. “
The skill level at the tryouts was quite varied, but Donovan was enthusiastic; “The coaches were very happy to see the skill level that showed today and we are looking forward to finding additional players to join the club.”
The club will be sending all of the participants their individual results of the evaluations which will be of great benefit to the player. “One niche that we intend to provide to our members, in addition to the player assessment completed at tryouts that included drills that challenged their speed, accuracy, agility and game knowledge, is we intend to take those assessments and create a player profile”, Donovan said. She added, “I will create a profile page for each member that will allow them to keep a record of their own assessment, stats from tournament games, video clips and a player bio – and we hope to provide this so they can then use that as a recruiting tool if they choose to play after high school. I think this could be a very unique advantage of our membership with the club.”
WWLC will continue to hold tryouts during their October practice schedule, which will be on the 14th, 21st, and 28th. “If you are interested, contact me directly to set up a date and time that we will be available, Donovan said. We have several girls coming to our practice on the 14th who could not make it today because of homecoming of family events.”
Beth Donovan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes it’s easy to gauge talent in two short hours – it’s the intangibles that are tough. You can’t measure heart or grit or game day determination, but you can get a glimpse of that potential. From the looks of the tryouts on Saturday, the WWLC has a lot of potential. The 34 players, who attended, showed a lot of camaraderie, support, teamwork, passion and enjoyment. There were a lot of smiles – even after the third 50 yard sprint. The players had a good day, the coaches had a good day and even the parents who were watching on the sidelines had a good day. Now the hard work begins; translating the results of the tryouts into the summer teams. Ah, summer… it seems a long way off, but there will be a lot of good days for the WWLC.